All That Glitters: The 2018 Commonwealth Games
The Gold Coast is “going for gold” this month as the 2018 Commonwealth Games come to town with world-class sporting events and a huge cultural program. By Tiana Templeman
THE GOLD COAST is set to shine with exciting sporting events, arts performances, exhibitions and more. Discover what to see, where to go and what to do on the Gold Coast during the 2018 Commonwealth Games.
This year’s Bleach* Festival program (on until 15 April) is the most ambitious yet with major concerts, contemporary dance productions, giant outdoor spectacles, travelling shows on kayaks and even an epic beach sleepover. Marvel at “The Spirit of Churaki”, an outdoor concert inspired by the Gold Coast’s first surf lifesaver, or participate in “Wave Fields” by spending the night sleeping on the beach, wrapped in a blanket of sound created by celebrated artist Lawrence English. During “Tide”, two office workers carry out their duties on a sandbar surrounded by a rising tide. Even better, 90% of Bleach* Festival events are free. bleachfestival.com.au
Bring your appetite to the Nightquarter markets at Helensvale which are open from 12pm to 9pm during the Commonwealth Games, with many special culinary events. Clinton Shultz, of the Gamilaraay people, will be conducting Aboriginal bushtucker workshops during the Games. Other delicious events include a Botanical Mixology class which turns herbs, plants and flowers into cocktail mix-ins and Science in the Kitchen featuring molecular gastronomy, fruit spaghetti and more. nightquarter.com.au
Starting and finishing along the Currumbin beachfront, the Gold Coast provides a stunning backdrop for the Commonwealth Games’ road cycling events. Come along and cheer the competitors as they zoom towards the finish line in their quest for gold. Races are free to watch and there are plenty of prime spots along the route to take in the action. gc2018.com
SEE THE SWIMMING
Swimming has always been part of every Commonwealth Games and the Gold Coast is taking it one step further, with the largest para-sport program in the event’s history. The competition is going to be hot, hot, hot at the Optus Aquatic Centre at Southport. gc2018.com
YOTHU YINDI AND THE TREATY PROJECT
Inspired by the 25th anniversary of “Treaty”, this concert featuring original members of ARIA Hall of Fame inductees Yothu Yindi and special musical guests, will serve up classic hits and new material. Yothu Yindi is reuniting with Gavin Campbell, founding member of remix producers Filthy Lucre, for this exclusive free performance at Surfers Paradise. gc2018.com/festival2018
Making its Commonwealth Games debut, Beach Volleyball is a guaranteed crowd pleaser with plenty of high energy serving, setting, spiking and blocking. Enjoy the electric atmosphere in the grandstands as you sit surrounded by sunshine, sand and the sea at picturesque Coolangatta. gc2018.com
CIRCUS FUN AT BROADBEACH
Experience Stravinsky’s classical music masterpiece, “The Rite of Spring”, as you’ve never seen it before at this innovative circus performance called “RITE”. Created by Circa, one of Australia’s most famous circus troupes, bodies are set to hurl, flow, twist, pulse and collide in this high energy show. More circus fun can be found at “360 ALLSTARS”, an adrenaline-fuelled urban circus. Featuring world champion athletes, breakdancing, beatboxing, BMX, basketball and drumming, this show connects the street with the elite. Or you could check out “BLOCK”, a fusion of dance and circus that pushes the limits of both art forms. The daring physicality, split-second timing and thrilling feats, will leave you gasping. gc2018.com/festival2018
HOT DUB TIME MACHINE
Hop into a Hot Dub Time Machine with Kid/dub, a time travelling dance party for kids (and their parents). Pull on your party pants and get ready to dance to 60 years of pop music, from the Beatles to Beyoncé and beyond. With great music, bubbles, balloons and surprises for young and old, it is hard to work out who is having the most fun at Kid/dub—the kids or their parents. gc2018.com/festival2018
Hawker Street, Nightquarter.
The Optus Aquatic Centre at Southport. Hot Dub Time Machine. Australian road cyclist Katrin Garfoot. Photo: Tourism and Events Queensland.
Yothu Yindi and The Treaty Project.